Auto transport has grown increasingly affordable in recent years, especially as competition has heated up online. Still, though, there are some hidden costs in many instances that customers should be aware of, despite what many auto transport services advertise. Despite the hidden costs that exist in many instances, respectable auto transport companies will be upfront about any of them beforehand, which is what A-1 Auto Transport always does.
Still, it helps to be aware of any of these hidden costs and to double-check with an auto transport service before you commit to anything. You don't want to end up surprised later on...
The Transportation Method
Sometimes, dubious auto transport companies will quote you a price that is based on a transportation method that differs from what you actually end up getting. For example, you may be quoted a price that is based on an open carrier, while, in actuality, your car is shipped through the enclosed carrier method.
In order to avoid this, make sure that you have a firm agreement in place with the auto transport company to make sure that you know the method that will be used.
The State of Your Vehicle
Is your car fully operational? Does it have any special requirements? If it has any special requirements, such as having to be specially loaded onto the carrier, this will most likely result in extra costs for you. You need to be upfront with the auto transport company about the state of your vehicle in order to avoid any costs that could arise later in regards to the loading and unloading process and so forth.
The Dimensions and Weight of Your Vehicle
The larger that your vehicle is and the more that it weighs, the more that you'll have to pay to have it transported. You most likely don't know the dimensions and weight of the vehicle yourself, but if you provide the auto transport company with the make, model, and year, they will most likely be able to estimate this for you fairly accurately.
The Pick-up and Delivery Areas
Where you're located, as well as where your vehicle has to be delivered, will play a major role in the final price that you'll be charged. If you live in an area that is hard to reach, you may be charged more. Furthermore, if you chose the door-to-door option, you will also be charged more. Make sure to go over this with the auto transport company ahead of time completely.
Choosing a Terminal
Even though it's not a very common method anymore, choosing to have your vehicle shipped to or picked up from a terminal could lead to more fees that you have to incur. That's because you will have to pay a storage fee for every day that it remains at the terminal.
We at A-1 Auto Transport do our best to be upfront about all of the costs of shipping your vehicle. Contact us today and inquire about our affordable and reliable service!
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.